IrishBoy (3958) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from my son’s friend Adam whom I helped introduce to big beers a couple years ago with a FW 10-15 vertical that the 3 of us shared a couple years ago. Nose is coffee, chocolate, combined con char (alliteration for you English profs on the site to enjoy). Cloudy super dark brown with a medium, heavy lacing, cinnamon tan head. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roast, with light smokiness and bitterness.
AdamChandler (3590) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black red edges ash and honey comb with apples on the nose very sweet. Some brownie and fig notes. Lovely smoked peet taste
BOLTZ7555 (2969) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ RR! Dark Ghirardelli pour with a mountainous chestnut pour. Hershey syrup, cocoa-dusted coffee beans, hop bitterness, roasted cashews, and a soft smokiness. Nice and creamy. Well done!
GT2 (9361) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
[ Bottle ][ dfroms ][ 500mL ][ Trade ][ Lost Abbey Globe ][ 3/15/14 ]
>> Clear sepia, excellent rocky tan foam, good retention. Nose is oyster stout, salty, tootsie rolls, mild smoke. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, rich, roasty, no smoke, mild sugar. Great balance, bitter, very nice.
Bule (1220) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark dark brown without much head. Chocolate aroma and bold chocolate flavor without too much bitterness.
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ RR. Pour is dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor are both of toasted bread, espresso, chocolate, and slight booze. Finish is strong roasted malt with a chocolate aftertaste.
BMMillsy (1756) - Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
As a sampler from the source, pours dark brown, opaque, with a half finger super creamy looking khaki head. Roasty with a big part chocolate covered raisins on the aroma. The flavor is full of big chocolate notes, has some dark fruit finish, and just a hint of roast or smoke on the palate. Medium creamy mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation that drinks easy for the ABV. Not bad at all, but probably not worth going out of your way for.
Ratman197 (11260) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of cocoa, smoke, roastiness and light caramel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, smoke, roastiness and light caramel with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.
HIGHB4LL (835) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Festival. Appearance: light brown head, brown-black color. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, roast. Palate: dry and bitter finish. Taste: sweet to suprising bitter finish. Overall, a darkhorse, very suprising and well done. Balance is good.
adnielsen (10104) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest 2014. Pours a deep brown / black appearance with a brown head. Roasted malty nose with some coffee, spicy / piney hops, and chocolate. Slightly burnt / roasty flavor. Alcohol is a bit strong. A touch of smoke. Pretty good but nothing crazy good.